The Sandusky affair has been in the news again even though the trial has been finished for several weeks but it is not Sandusky that is garnering all the attention. It is the men of Penn State with most of the focus on Paterno.
This topic is being discussed in depth here:
so those type of details will not be mentioned in this work. What will be mentioned is the Christian response to this issue and it is not going to be something you want to hear. The believer cannot jump on the condemn Paterno or Penn State bandwagon. They must do things God’s ways.
It is easy to side with the world in this issue for most believers because many use emotion and the age of the alledged victim as factors in how they define justice but as members of God’s kingdom, they need to learn how to define justice God’s way and then preach that to the world.
To find God’s way there are steps a believer must take first to make sure they are not over-reacting and missing out on some of the truth to the issue. First, Jesus said to –Be without sin before casting the first stone. This is important for a believer may be saved by grace but they still have sin in their lives and they are not qualified to stand in judgement over others who sin a lot more.
Second, Jesus said to–Remove the beam from one’s own eye first before trying to remove the splinter from someone else’s. One’s sight must be free from obstruction to view someone else’s problem clearly.
Third, Jesus said– Do not judge lest ye be judged. That does not mean we do not have court trials but that we do not judge the person just the crimes they have committed. Of course, there are rules to follow when judging those crimes. Real evidence must be presented, not fabricated, not manipulated, not altered and so on. A trial must be done with honesty, truth, and no hint of bias.
Fourth, Jesus said to– Forgive 70 times 7 and there is no escape clause for issues like molestation of children. They too are to receive forgiveness for their sins. The act of forgiving someone, even before they ask for it, helps clear the accusers of sin and helps them avoid sinning when passing criminal sentencing and verdicts.
God does not use sin to fight sin and His people need to be sin free when dealing with matters of criminal and civil offenses.
Fifth– Jesus said to–Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you. So before a believer reacts, or lets their emotions direct their thinking 0r judgement they need to ask themselves, is this how I would like to be treated in this situation?
Believers need to stop and think first before lending their voice to this or any issue because they are to be the light unto the world and they can’t be that light if they refuse to follow Jesus in those overly emotional situations. If the believer doesn’t do it, then no one else will as the world sees these type of crimes in a harsh way. So much so that justice is removed from the process and sin takes over.
If the worst offender doesn’t receive justice, then no one has it. Believers do things God’s way all the time not when they feel like it. We look for and speak the truth even when no one sides with us, including fellow believers. Why? Because that is what God would want us to do. It doesn’t matter what the world says and wants, but it does matter what God says and wants and the believer is here to see that God’s will is heard so that people have a choice and know right from wrong.
In reading the few articles and quotes that I have, I do not see Paterno as guilty of what he is accused of but the world needs to appease the victims and their supporters and they need someone other than Sandusky to blame –for he does not have the fame nor the deep pockets to give this issue the shelf life it needs to satisfy the evil hearts of those against him and his alledged crimes.
I do not know if Sandusky committed those crimes or not, I was not there BUT I do know his trial was a travesty not justice and that is wrong. Who knows the influences that played a part in the lawyers, the judge’s and the jury’s behaviors and decisions but one thing is for certain honesty, facts, evidence, truth, fairness and justice were not part of the charade.
I see people in comment sections, in newspaper articles, in this Freeh report doing the exact same thing to Paterno and the others and it is wrong. Sinning to correct a sin is not right and only serves to destroy those involved and the nation if it goes along with this miscarriage of justice.
If the prosecutors and their compatriots are right, then they have all the time in the world to gather and present their evidence so that there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Sandusky and company broke the law. But they do not. They manipulate witnesses, they do not present real evidence, they rush to judgement and fling accusations in order to appease those who claim they were victims.
The believer cannot be a party to such methods or thinking. They are not part of the world anymore but belong to God’s kingdom thus their words and actions are governed by God’s rules, commands and teachings. And we do not fudge, alter, re-interpret or ignore them for then the world loses out on knowing the right thing to do.
If the believer wants justice, then they must fight for justice for all. If they want truth and honesty then they must fight for those for all and they do not let emotion, ages of victims, the nature of the crime interfere with that objective.
Believers have to be different.